Dozens of artistic entries to be judged after Ely Police’s Art Reach competition comes to a close

ArtReach, at Ely Police Station, (l-r) PC Emma Wilkinson, PC Elvis Bonilla, and PC Andy Martin, with

ArtReach, at Ely Police Station, (l-r) PC Emma Wilkinson, PC Elvis Bonilla, and PC Andy Martin, with some of the entries, - Credit: Archant

A team of judges face the tough task of picking a winner from over 30 creative and artistic entries after Ely Police’s Art Reach competition came to a close.

Some of the entries of Ely Police Station's ArtReach competition.

Some of the entries of Ely Police Station's ArtReach competition. - Credit: Archant

The competition, which ended yesterday (Thursday March 31), invited youngsters from around East Cambridgeshire to send in their finest paintings or drawings that portray mood or emotion, with the winning entries to be hung on the walls of the station on Nutholt Lane.

Sergeant Phil Priestley, who organised the competition, said: “Some of the entries portray some really strong emotions. They certainly show that we have a lot of happy children in the area, but some of them show that we have children that are going through some difficult times.”

Sgt Priestley has received dozens of entries since the competition started in February, which will now be judged by a panel including Mayor of Ely Lis Every and Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright.

As well as having their artwork displayed on the walls of Ely Police station, the winners of each age category will also receive an arts tablet, supplied by Huion.


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Entries were categorized into children of 10 years and under, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, 17 to 18 years and entrants with learning difficulties.

Those shortlisted will be invited to an awards ceremony at King’s School, Ely, on Thursday April 7.

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